Changes to Plant Breeders’ Rights

Changes to Plant Breeders’ Rights

Important changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) Act are now in effect. The updated legislation ensures continued investment in new and improved seed varieties for Canadian farmers. It also puts Canada on equal footing with other countries, keeping Canadian farmers competitive in the global market.

Understanding the change and your obligations

As of February 27,2015, all new PBR – protected varieties will be protected under the new legislation that conforms to the UPOV 1991 convention, bringing Canada in line with the rest of the world, and opening opportunities for increased investment to make new varieties available to Canadian farmers.  It brings opportunity, but it also brings new obligations for the value chain.

Get the facts

This updated PBR legislation impacts everyone in the seed value chain. Understand the changes and your obligations under the new PBR rules.

PBR FastFacts Document – PBR_FastFacts_final_v4.pdf



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